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Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night drops 1.10 update

Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night’s 1.10 update patch with the new Zangetsu DLC and Randomizer mode is available on Nintendo Switch.

Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night received its first major free 1.10 update back on May 7 on every platform except Nintendo Switch — but now that changes. The game’s social media accounts have announced that update 1.10 is live on Switch in most regions, bringing new playable character Zangetsu and the new Randomizer mode.

What is the background behind the game?

For the uninitiated, The Kickstarter project for Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night had several stretch goals that promised post-release content for the game. One of the early stretch goals was for an extra playable character, in the form of a warrior named Zangetsu. The player encounters Zangetsu during one of the boss battles in the story mode of Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night. One of the other promised updates was a roguelike mode. But this was scrapped due to issues with the game engine. The roguelike mode has been replaced with a Randomizer. Which lets the player select specific rules for a new game going in.

Unlike the normal hero of Bloodstained, Miriam, Zangetsu cannot acquire abilities from the enemies he kills, craft new items, use equipment, open treasure chests, or use consumables. Instead, all of Zangetsu’s damage comes from his blade and some select abilities. To unlock Zangetsu, you need to finish the game and get the “good ending”. His special abilities consume MP. But otherwise he seems to come loaded for combat right from the get-go. 

What about the new Randomizer mode?

The Randomizer mode, meanwhile, will remix your Bloodstained experience in a way more significant way. You can tweak the game’s gameplay goal, key items, save/warp rooms, items, enemy drops, quests, shops, etc. For example, you could set up a game where enemy drops (shards & items) are totally mixed up. Meaning that you could end up with the ‘Release Toad’ from an ‘Aello’ instead of a Toad. So, depending on what you change, you can craft a completely unique Bloodstained experience for yourself. 

Finally, you’re able to access the seed of your randomized game in case you want to write it down. And keep it for reference or share it with others. The game also provides a timer to track how fast you are able to complete the game. So if you share a seed, you can compare who can complete the course the fastest. Between these two features, Bloodstained players have several new ways to re-experience one of 2019’s best games.

The Randomizer/Zangetsu update is already available for the PC, PlayStation 4. And Xbox One versions of Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night. The content update is also now live for the Switch version. And you can download it by updating the game through the game’s icon on the Switch’s menu.

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